Our View: DACA must continue

Published on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:08
Written by

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to continue the DACA program on Tuesday. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was implemented by former President Barack Obama to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. when they were children.

The Trump administration moved to rescind the policy in September leaving “Dreamers” like those who live, work and attend school in Central Connecticut with an uncertain future.

A rally held at Central Connecticut State University last fall protested against the Trump White House’s decision to recall the protections for Dreamers. Students chanted: “Undocumented, unafraid!” CCSU President Zulma Toro was supportive of the undocumented students noting federal immigration reform is what is needed in the U.S.

The temporary injunction signed by the California judge requires the federal government to keep the “terms and conditions” of DACA intact. But it is unclear if DACA will withstand other court challenges.

Not surprisingly, President Donald Trump was livid upon hearing of the federal judge’s decision. On Wednesday the president tweeted: “It just shows everyone how broken and unfair our Court System is when the opposing side in a case (such as DACA) always runs to the 9th Circuit and almost always wins before being reversed by higher courts.”

We disagree with the president.

What is truly unfair is to yank away protections for undocumented youngsters who were moved to the U.S. by their parents. The Dreamers who have found educational opportunities, political and social freedoms and the stability of a home life in America, should not see these privileges ripped away to appease Trump’s political base.

Bullies punish innocent children. Compassionate people welcome them with open arms.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:08. Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:11.